Durga's Mosque: Cosmology, Conversion and Community in Central Javanese Islam

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Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2004 - Religion - 604 pages
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"For two decades now, Stephen C. Headley has been one of the most original and systematic ethnographers of Javanese religion and cultural history. No one in contemporary Javanese ethnography has combed through the annals of nineteenth and twentieth century scholarship with as careful an eye for the variety of Javanese traditions. None combines this historical ethnography with as careful and unusual body of contemporary ethnography. Headley's new book brings these long-developed skills to bear on contemporary religious change in the Surakarta region of Central Java. In his analysis of the Durga ritual complex, Headley sheds light on one of the most unusual court traditions to have survived in an era of deepening Islamization. Headley's analysis of this ritual complex, and its implications for our understanding of popular Javanese religion, deserves to be read by all serious students of Java, as well as anyone interested in religion in Indonesia. However, Headley moves well beyond this unusual ritual complex, to take us through the twists and turns of religious culture and politics in what is one of the richest but also most troubled of cultural regions in Java. The result is a rich, multi-layered, and fascinating study, one that changes forever our understanding of Javanese tradition in a Java becoming Islamic." Robert Hefner, Institute on Religion and World Affairs, Boston University.
  

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Contents

The Sociology of a Pluralistic Cosmos
10
The Umat a Transposable
19
A Javanese Individualism
35
The Morphologies of the Javanese Muslim Community
41
Structure of this Study
51
The Praxis of Javanese Kindred
57
The Bed of Sri and the Realm of Sadana
98
Village Goddesses Their Hierarchy and Clientele
133
India and Java
269
The Spearing of Durgas Buffalo
282
l Invoking the Goddess Durga Worshipping Allah
330
The Javanization of Islamic Prayer The Islamization
360
COSMOLOGY CONVERSION AND COMMUNITY
423
Glimpses of
453
Enclosing Cosmologies and Elective Citizenship
514
Bibliography
537

The End of Peasant Livelihood
163
Local Genealogies in the
197
Paku Buwana VI
226
INVOKING THE COSMOS MAGNIFYING ALLAH
249
Index
571
About the Author
605
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